Wednesday 31 January 2018

Fringe Venues: Free and Underground

St. Peter's, Fairfield

It's the end of the European football transfer window today which will spell excitement and heartbreak for some - but we have other things to concentrate on here in Buxton.

For many Buxton regulars - artists and audiences - Underground Venues is of huge significance. So the good news is that the Underground Team can confirm that everything is in place to secure a return for this July. Once again there will be a host of brilliant performances upstairs at The Old Clubhouse on Water Street right opposite the Opera House. There will be music, comedy, theatre and much more all day long. In the evenings Underground will present shows at the 90-seat Pavilion Arts Centre Studio. Keep an eye on the UV website and twitter feed for more information.

Buxton Festival Fringe is in its 39th year and over that time it has grown into a vibrant arts event - one of the biggest of its sort in England. At the heart of the Fringe is a cluster of venues within a stone's throw of the Opera House and this guarantees a constant buzz of excitement.
It also means that for some Buxton residents there are few Fringe events within comfortable walking distance. For 2018 the Festival Fringe organisers are taking some steps to try and bring the Fringe closer to home for some. It is hoped that performers and artists will take their shows and talent to residential areas a bit beyond the town centre.
The Fringe has identified some good performance spaces that have been underused in the past and is offering to cover the cost of room hire and rental for Fringe entrants putting on events during this July's Festival. The venue are:
The Town Library - on Kents Bank Road;
The Working Men's Club on Lightwood Road, Fairfield;
St Peter's Church, Fairfield.
The intention is that the Fringe will refund the hire fee after an event has taken place - subject to a maximum of 20 separate performances. For those who have already entered for Fringe, or are planning a show at other venues, this means that you have the chance to put on another event for a different audience at little cost.
The Library has set aside Thursday July 5th and 19th as Fringe days (from 1000-1700 hours) - though other dates may be available.
The Working Men's Club is generally available from Monday-Thursday.
St Peter's Church, Fairfield may be available all day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (after 3pm).
For full details about these venues and how to contact their managers please see the Fringe page here.
If you have any questions about how this scheme will work or if you want to discuss whether or not your show or event might be suitable for either of these venue please contact Keith Savage via

Buxton Fringe

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